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October 10, 2014 | Jennifer Johnson, Deputy Director, Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
"How is my child doing?": parents and other caregivers often ask themselves. Several federal projects are underway to support parents and professionals who work with young children in answering this universal question. The U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Education have launched a…
October 10, 2014 | Kathy Greenlee, Assistant Secretary for Aging and ACL Administrator
Elder abuse is a global crisis that is growing. By the year 2025, there will be 1.2 billion people in the world over the age of 60. While country-specific data varies, it is clear older adults all across the globe experience physical, sexual, emotional and financial abuse. In the U.S., recent…
October 10, 2014 | Kathy Greenlee, Assistant Secretary for Aging and ACL Administrator
I am delighted to welcome two important programs to ACL—the Paralysis Resource Center (PRC) and the State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIPs). These programs are moving to ACL as a result of the 2014 budget recently signed by President Obama. ACL was formed in April 2012 to advance policy…
October 10, 2014 | Aaron Bishop, Commissioner, Administration on Disabilities
Every 48 seconds in the U.S., someone becomes paralyzed due to a spinal cord injury. The majority of these injuries are caused by auto accidents, on-the-job incidents, and sports. In July of this year, the U.S. Senate designated September 2014 as National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month. The…
October 10, 2014 | Aaron Bishop, Commissioner, Administration on Disabilities
Adam’s* Decision In 2012, “Adam” (not his real name) was fighting an infection in his leg and facing a tough situation. The Protection and Advocacy Agency (P&A) in his state became involved when the state’s Attorney General’s office called. The Attorney General’s office told P&A staff…
October 9, 2014 |
Today, we honor the anniversary of the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA), the first Federal commitment to create a pathway to safety for survivors of domestic violence and their children. Before FVPSA’s passage on this day in 1984, domestic violence had long been a hidden problem…
July 25, 2014 | Kathy Greenlee, Assistant Secretary for Aging and ACL Administrator
Today we join communities around the world in observing the International Day of Older Persons. October 1 was designated by the United Nations in 1990 to recognize the vital contributions of older people to the global community and to encourage member nations to thoughtfully address the aging of…
July 1, 2014 | Greg Link, Aging Services Program Specialist, Administration for Community Living
At the Administration for Community Living (ACL), we recognize the sacrifices caregivers make so the people they love can age with dignity and remain in their homes and communities as long as possible. Caregivers juggle personal and home care, transport their loved ones to medical appointments, and…
June 14, 2013 |
Elder abuse is a global public health issue. Abuse exists in both developing and developed countries and is typically underreported. Although the extent of elder mistreatment is unknown, its social and moral significance is clear. Elder abuse demands a global, multifaceted response that focuses on…

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